AMERICA'S "SINGLE PROPOSITION"
By Congressman Jesse L. Jackson, Jr.
Democratic National Convention
Tuesday, July 27, 2004
Boston, Massachusetts, is the place where patriots and pioneers first started our long march toward freedom and justice. Here the nation began its journey down the road to build a more perfect Union.
America was founded on the "single proposition" that all men (and women) are created equal!
It's what makes us strong at home and respected in the world.
It is this proposition - which is America's promise - that each generation has sought to fulfill.
For the first time in history, the American democratic experiment added "new rights" to its Constitution - among them, free speech; the right to protest; and freedom of religion.
John Kerry and John Edwards value and are committed to our democracy. Our Platform recognizes that voting is the foundation of our democracy. Voting rights are protective of all other rights. Our party is fully committed to protecting and enforcing the fundamental constitutional right of every American to vote, and to have every vote counted fully and fairly. No more Floridas! Never again!
John Kerry and John Edward are candidates who believe health care is the right of all Americans; and Massachusetts - Senator Kerry's home state - has taken the first step by putting the right to health care in its constitution. John Kerry and John Edward's goal is to fulfill a commitment to our nation's "single proposition" by providing health care of equal high quality for all Americans - including the 44 million who have none.
Democrats have a great political team - Kerry/Edwards. During the campaign John Edwards offered a vision to fulfill the "single proposition" by vowing to turn a "separate and unequal America" into one America. The Kerry/Edwards team has a vision of a more perfect Union, and a goal of providing every student with a public education of equal high quality.
Kerry! Edwards! They are the right team to defeat the right-wing. They are the right team to fight for new rights, so we may fulfill our nation's "single proposition" - that all men (and women) are created equal!